The Standards Assessment and Certification Council (SACC), at a meeting held on the 11th January 2017, approved revised unit standards and qualifications for Plumbing and Office Administration, currently registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The approval was preceded by a series of Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings with industry members and stakeholders, during the review process.
As part of the national stakeholders consultation process, the proposed outcome of the review was posted on the NTA website and adverts were placed in the local newspapers for relevant stakeholders input.
In October 2016, the Mining Industry Skills Committee approved the review of 38 Plumbing unit standards on Level 1 to Level 4,while the Financial and Business Services Industry Skills Committee approved 34 Office Administration unit standards on Level 1 to Level 4. Emerging from the review, the subfield for Plumbing was changed to Civil and Building Services Engineering. Special notes and range statements were also amended to give emphasis and clarity to any terms used in the unit standards.
In Office Administration, new industry terminologies were incorporated into the unit standards, while new competencies were identified and added to the unit standards and qualifications.
Meanwhile, Acting VET Standards Manager, Ruusa Iitula-Hango indicates that her team has kicked off with a range of national consultation sessions in the areas of Hairdressing; Beauty Therapy; Fitter and Turner; and Millwright. “We are focusing on a number of qualifications identified as priorities under the various Sector Skills Plans. My team is working around the clock to ensure that qualifications in these areas are developed and submitted to the NQA for registration on the NQF. Other areas include Instrumentation; Electronics; Auto Mechatronics; Panelbeating and Spraypainting; and Agriculture”, she highlighted.